Be concerned, Atari fans.
At this point, there’s only one fact about Ataribox that matters, and it didn’t come from either of the vague press releases issued so far. As Eurogamer discovered in a June investor note, the console will be crowdfunded.
“To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign,” the note — translated from French — reads. It may not have been uttered by a PR mouthpiece, but it’s direct confirmation from the company all the same.
Before we know even a tiny morsel about technical specs, pricing, game lineup, external software support, or anything else, we can glean this: Atari isn’t able or willing to fund this product itself. And, as history has proven, even the most enticing crowdfunded consoles can turn out less than successful at best, and disastrous at worst. Read more…